Monday, October 31, 2016


I cannot believe that I have not blogged since early July. We've had a whirlwind of a summer to say the least.  I maybe have blogged that Lude has taken a by-out from his company and his last day with the corporate office was September 1st. So, we are engaged in a lot of duck corralling, trying to get our ducks in a row. I have to say that it's scary, I didn't feel this when I retired, but this is very different. He won't call it retirement because he wants to continue and even increase his teaching at the college as well as work on a contract level with other real estate companies to do training.Things are beginning to roll, and he's adjusting.  It is very different having his time be free all day. He's worked from home for the past 30 years, so having him around is something that I'm used to. But now, the phone is pretty silent. He isn't on his cellphone all the time. There's no talking or teaching sounds coming from his loft office space. When Steven or a neighbor are here, we have to either talk quietly or go for a walk. We're no longer "scheduling" things - we can pretty much do what we want.  It's still scary though. Everyone's retirement journey is different and boy those words could not be truer. The process of getting all the paperwork done is daunting.....but, it's done and we're good for a year. I guess we have to evaluate insurance policies each year. It IS nice having him available to travel with me to Chicago now!

But what's been going on since my last post??? 

I've wanted to go scrap-booking for some time now but haven't been able to get there, but finally found the time. AND my niece, Laura was able to join me. This was early July at the North Olmsted Library.  I'm getting my card club cards done and a little bit of Digital Scrap-booking also.

We had a lot of fun at Taste of Tremont last year and couldn't resist going again.

What a whirlwind weekend for our anniversary. We couldn't convince the girls to not come home to take us to dinner for our anniversary. It was a long drive for a short visit and, well, while our anniversary is VERY important to us, we just don't think it should be all that important to everyone else.  WOW, were we surprised. Here are a few scrapbook pages from that very fun weekend.

Patrick and his little family are on their way to Chicago for the week. They're going to hang their heads here for a night and tomorrow, we're going to Cedar Point! 

This weekend, we're going to Chicago to be with Jill for her mother's interment service. Mrs Nichols passed away in March and her ashes are being interred in a cemetery in their home town of Chicago. While we will jump at any reason to visit our girls and little Maeve, we are pleased to be there for Patrick and Jill.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

I recently attended the North American Feis Commission Convention in Albany, NY! I went with Noreen and we both had a lot of fun! Little Michael Farrell (and his wife, Jeanne) hosted the convention and it was at the Desmond Inn and Conference center. They did a BANG-UP job! It was an interesting convention - a few "issues" as they call them! We flew there and drove home with Jeri which gave us a lot of time to chat up everything!  
Here's a few pictures from that weekend!